OPG, OPP Have A Simple Water Safety Message: Stay Clear, Stay Safe
TORONTO, Sept. 1, 2011 /CNW/ - Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and the
Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have a simple water safety message for
this long weekend - be prepared and Stay Clear, Stay Safe.
"Ontario's waterways are a great place to enjoy the holiday weekend ...
if you are prepared! The OPP would like to remind those on and around
the water to include safety in their activities. Wear your personal
floatation device, particularly in smaller boats, and don't mix your
boating with alcohol. It's important for adults to keep a close eye on
children as well as knowing their own swimming abilities and staying
within them," says OPP Deputy Commissioner Larry Beechey, who is
responsible for Traffic Safety and Operational Support.
"These safety principles need to be applied anytime you go near water
and we urge people to stay away from the areas around hydroelectric
dams and stations," said John Murphy, OPG's Executive Vice President
The water near hydroelectric stations and dams can be dangerous as flows
and levels change in response to demand for electricity. Fencing,
booms, buoys and signs all warn people to stay clear.
OPG lands are private property and people can face charges if they
trespass. Earlier this summer OPP officers were called to one OPG
location because a group of fisherman were putting themselves at risk
and interfering with the operation of the facility.
Visit www.opg.com/watersafety to view the OPG's public service announcements, and learn more about
SOURCE Ontario Power Generation Inc.
For further information:
Ontario Power Generation
1-877-592-4008 or (416) 592-4008